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Real Vampires Don't Sparkle

Updated on July 28, 2013

Do Vampires Sparkle?

Real Vampires Don't Sparkle

Are you of the opinion that real vampires don't sparkle? Have your say here!

Ok, so I know there is a bit of a debate about the whole vampires sparkle thing in the Twilight Saga. Fans of other vampire shows, movies and books, such as Buffy and Anne Rice, would say that vampires don't sparkle, but fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga would argue otherwise - real vampires sparkle, thank you very much!

Personally, I don't mind either way. From a mythology point of view, real vampires don't sparkle. But I think the idea of them sparkling is cool! So what if it strays from vampire lore... it's a good idea, and vampire books would get a bit boring if they all kept to the same story!

So if it comes down to whether some vampires should sparkle or not, then I say YES! They should. All the more reason to be dazzled by those gorgeous Cullens!

But what do YOU think? Is vampire sparkling cool or a big no-no? Argue your side below!

Do Vampires Sparkle? - YOUR TURN!

Do vampires sparkle in your world? Should Edward and friends sparkle in sunlight, or should they crumble to dust like the proper vampire folklore says they should?

Can't make up your mind? There's plenty of arguments on both sides to help you further down the page!

Real Vampires Don't Sparkle

Absolutely, real vampires do not sparkle one iota!

Absolutely, real vampires do not sparkle one iota!

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Define real vampires. If you're talking about the Draculas, then yeah, vampires don't sparkle. But Stephanie has twisted the origonal vampire view to something fascinating and altogether more human and modern. So hell yeah! Vampires sparkle!

    • practicemastery1 4 years ago

      The original Dracula didn't. Vampires in Dungeons and Dragons don't (and surely that's the definitive source) - so, now away.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      So this guy sparkled, does that lead directly to the conclusion that s/he's a vampire? Let's just put some glitter on!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      If vampires are part of the undead, and everyone knows what happens to dead people (decay) then that means that they would be pale. But not pale enough to sparkle. Taking Twilight as a standard for vampires is stupid.

    • Timothy Arends 5 years ago from Chicago area

      If real vampires don't reflect in a mirror, why would they sparkle (unless it's their sparkling personality)?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The actual reason Twilight vampires sparkle is so they can attract humans, and EAT THEM. Even if the Cullens are "vegetarian vampires", they still sparkle. It's like: Why do polar bears have loads of furr? It's so they can adapt and survive!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      vampires sparkle the day day I die.

    • scoobygang 5 years ago

      No, they do not sparkle if you are adhering to classic vampire lore. I do personally like that there are different versions of the vampire mythology out there. It is okay with me that the rules of the Buffyverse don not comply with the world as depicted in the Blade series or that Blade is so unlike the Dracula tale. I like to think of the different versions as variations on our world (different universes - like in Sliders, for example). That being said, I do think the sparkling thing is very strange and I was not impressed with that facet of the series. I am definitely a Buffy fan at heart, but did enjoy the Twilight series for what it was.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Well I don`t care as long as I can be a vampire some day !

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Fairies sparkle, elves sparkle, Luis Armstrong sparkles but vampires do NOT

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      there is no WAY vampires sparkle, its, like, really REALLY lame and well if your a vampire fan and you have only watched sparkly vampires then you NEED to watch Vampire Diaries. It is way cooler and only really Gay vampires would actually sparkle it is Sooooooo much cooler when they die in the sun, unless they are wearing lapis lazulis on them such as on a ring or necklace. Which is soooo cool cause if they take it of in the sun they kind of well die!!! It is SO SO SO much better than Gay vampires in twilight so take my advice? WATCH THE VAMPIRE DIARIES where there are really cool vampires!!

    • Davinius 6 years ago

      Vampires have had different attributes within the sun over the years but sparkling give me a break please. It is bad enough when silver got brought into the whole vampire regime in "Dracula 2000" suddenly everyone wants to kill vampires with them, I got nothing against The Twilight Saga in fact I think it is fab, however; where do we draw the line on things.

      Vampires are real, they are like normal people but with a slight genetic alteration, unless you go on the original Eastern European views of bloated corpses then you've just got an intelligent Zombie but that isn't the point. Not only are they no longer portrayed as being the scary men who come in the night for your virgin blood but now they look like an advert for a diamond shop.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Real Vampires don't sparkle. (That's if there even true at all.)

      The real vampire is detroyed by the Sun they grow weaker and turn to ash, unless of course they where there special rings!


    • katieyoung 6 years ago

      Vampires don't sparkle. They burn and die in the sunlight (or at least grow weak). One nice thing about vampires is that the author can pick and choose exactly how their vampires react to different things like sunlight, stakes, and silver. But not everything is negotiable. Sunlight must affect them negatively.

      The Twilight argument is that the burning myth was invented to explain why vampires wouldn't come out in the sun, or that it's simply an exaggeration. But in those myths, vampires are not living in secret. They have no worries about exposing themselves. So why would sparkly vampires stay inside on a sunny day?

      The other argument is that the sparkling "looks like burning". Not in the movies, it doesn't. Even if it did, a key part of the myth is that they burn up and die, reduced to a pile of ash. Again, how would that end up as part of the myth if the sun just made them shiny?

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Vampires aren't real so no one can say whether they sparkle or not. I think it's great to use a little imagination in new stories rather than the same thing over and over again.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Vampires are not, and never will be sparkly. If we want sparkles, we will go buy 'My Little Pony' sets and play to our hearts content. We will not read horror novels.

      Also, Stephenie Meyer has said in a well-publicized interview that she did no research on vampires before beginning to write the 'sparkling-meadow-scene' in Twilight.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      fairies and elves do sparkle, though: )

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      ahahah but they are not vampires but FAIRIES!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      ha ha ha r u really that angery about it bob lol

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    • anonymous 6 years ago

      hahahaha I think that edward is ugly sparkling or not lol!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      {ersonal I think that it does not matter. THe only reason I am here is I clicked on it looking for a vampires dont sparkle tee for my best friend. Hahahahahaha

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      VAMPIRES DO NOT SPARKLE!!!!!! I think it is the most stupid thing in the world to think they do!!!!!! I HATE TWILIGHT!!!!

    • Lironah 6 years ago

      I'm with the 'explode in a burst of light-induced burning' camp. And as my friend TheSleepingWolf says, "The only good vampire is a staked dead one."

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I also would like to support me opinion with my blog. Vampire Humanity From Dracula to Edward Cullen.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      ofc they don't fcuking sparkles!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      vampires don't sparkle!!! they burn in a spectacular f-ing light show in the sunlight!!!!

    • emcueto 6 years ago

      sparkling vampires? we'll have zombies putting on makeup next! -doesn't look good for the undead

    • missbat 6 years ago

      Oh, heck no! There is no sparkling involved when you're an undead creature of the night! Vampires don't get to walk in the sun!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Inreal life: Men who sparkle, are actually GAY.

    • WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      I do not think they sparkle but I do think with their skin being pale, it illuminates (smiles) I like the sparkling idea, it looked beautiful on Edward!

    • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Real vampires do not sparkly, but these are "special" vampires. They glow like the "gold" they have earned :)

    • Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Vampires are supposed to be scary, not sparkly. Fairies sparkle.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      It's a total no-no to have Vampires sparkle in the sunlight.

    • Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I prefer non-sparkling vampires!

    No way, Monkeybrain! Vampires DO sparkle, and it dazzles me!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Ok, I'm OBSESSED with twilight. Course they sparkle!!!!!!! Why wouldn't /couldn't they?

      • KReneeC 4 years ago

        I love sparkles!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Ok... I hate to state the obvious here but uh: vampires aren't real:P. So due to the fact that they are conjured up by human imagination, they can do whatever we want them to do. I'll give you this much, while sparkling wasn't the most original of choices - it is a completely different twist on the original gothic vampires written about by the likes of Stoker... So I say why the hell shouldn't they sparkle?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        vampires do sparkle, well according to stephanie meyer and twilight fans they do!!! i am a massive twilight fan and i believe that they sparkle

      • Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Mad Laboratories

        Why not? It is explained in the books. Vampire skin is described as being similar to diamonds and stone, both of which sparkle. Plus it is fiction. Vampires can be any way the author wants them to be. Use some imagination people.

      • whoisbid lm 5 years ago

        I am yet to meet one ;)

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        will lilly vamp i don't see that all!! even if i love twilight soo much but she got a good idea not in all films the vampires have to do the same thing she changed many things in it what's the problem!!!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        OK, I havn't read everyone else's answers to this but i found something I HAD to share! I LOVE the Twilight Saga... but i also like Anne Rice's Chronicles. When reading "Menmoch The Devil" I came across a time that Lestat is speaking and he is in the sunlight. If you've read these you all know he is "Special" and can do things... he can bare some sunlight so he has been in it before, it hurts him still but it's survivable. In this part of the story though he's with Menmoch and the sunlight can't hurt him and he sayes "My hands were... my strange white, slender, glittering hands." This is on page 256 if you want to look it up. There you have it... even Anne Rice's Vampires sparkle in the sun if they are not being burnt up by it!!!!!!!!

      • shandigp 6 years ago

        I don't care, really, but I think it's really neat that Ms. Meyer created her own "real" mythology for the book. I loved how characters kept mentioning the folklore and how it was inaccurate, and they how the "truth" was so different. Go, her! So that's a "yes," I suppose.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Edwarrd is soooo hot omg lol omg i think he is like awesome!!!! hee hee hee

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Sure, why can't they? It's a fictional character! And yes while there is traditional lore, she's not truly straying to far from the idea. Both the vampires can't go out in sunlight due to some circumstance. While it is a little gay does it really truly matter?

        And to Timewarp: If we are following out lore to the tee than you should know that fairies traditionally are not the nice things that disney movies make them out to be, they are pretty and non-threatening to look at but also incredibly conniving. And fairies most certainly are not sparkely. If we're following traditions sparkely fairies is the equivilant of sparkely vampires.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I say yes the can but in reality come on people does it matter they are all fictional characters it's whatever you see them as what you feel them as.I don't care either was but a real vamp can sparkle

      • Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

        Yes darn it, they do! I love anything that strays from the traditional mythology. Have you noticed that there are more books and series coming out where beings that would normally be hidden in the underworld are now mingling with the general population. Examples are Charmed and True Blood.

      • Shayleah 6 years ago

        Why can't they?

      • tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

        I'm on the fence which button to click here. I have no problems with the sparkle in Twilight, but I don't consider Twilight to be real "vamp lit." It's great, but it is completely apart from traditional vampire lore.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        well since vampires don't exist in real life i don't really see a point to the argument. unless there is a rule book that says vampires stories have to be a certain way someone can write them anyway they want.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Sparkling vampires are sexy! Sparkle beats living in a coffin in my opinon

      • Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

        On the whole, no, vampires don't sparkle. But there is nothing wrong with some vampires sparkling, far from making them girly or less threatening, I think they look amazing! It gives them an otherworldliness, don't you think?

      Edward sparkles
      Edward sparkles

      Vampires Sparkle in the Twilight World

      Why do Vampires sparkle in Twilight?

      When Bella first encounters the Cullens in Twilight, she is told that they always disappear from school when it is sunny, because Carlisle takes them camping and hiking. This is one of the reasons that Bella eventually concludes Edward to be a vampire - but unlike the cold ones of legend, they don't crumble into dust when exposed to sunlight - their skin reflects it, as if they are made of thousands of diamonds that "sparkle" in the sun.

      Edward demonstrates this to Bella when he takes her above the cloud bank and walks into a beam of sunlight, dazzling her with his sparkle. She thinks he is "beautiful".

      In New Moon, when Edward believes Bella to be dead, he decides to cause a scene that will force the Volturi to destroy him, by exposing himself to the public as a vampire. He aims to do this by walking into the sunlight at midday, in front of a vast crowd.

      "Edward Cullen might as well be covered in pink satin while riding a unicorn. The sparkle-factor completely eradicates any potential to frighten anybody." - Snowden's Secrets Blog

      "A perfect statue, carved in some unknown stone, smooth like marble, glittering like crystal." - Bella Swan, Twilight

      Whose Vampire Sparkle Dazzles You? - If you LIKE vampires who sparkle...

      Vampires sparkle in the Twilight Saga
      Vampires sparkle in the Twilight Saga

      ...Which of the Cullens would you most like to see sparkle in the sunlight? Vote for your favourite below!

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          tonyleather 3 years ago

          What real vampires?

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          practicemastery1 4 years ago

          Funny stuff. Nonsense is good (but of course, vampires DON'T sparkle).

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          whoisbid lm 5 years ago

          fun topic. Keep it up

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          WhiteOak50 6 years ago

          After finally catching up with the Angel School Bus, I am fluttering around Myth-ville to drop off some Blessings. Just wanted you to know I am here because your page caught my attention. Leaving you with a *Blessing* for doing such a great job on this page.

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          WhiteOak50 6 years ago

          Just letting you know that I have featured this page on my new Kindred the Embrace

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          Philippians468 6 years ago

          this is quite an interesting topic for debate! cheers

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          For vampires that don't sparkle, I highly recommend Modern Marvels - Viktoriana. A real Gothic horror novel.

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          noushki 6 years ago

          great lens x

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          Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

          Yes! It was fun and a great topic.

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          missbat 6 years ago

          There's no sparkling allowed for any real vampire! I've lensrolled this to all my Lost Boys lenses.

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          WhiteOak50 6 years ago

          I think all of the above should be listed in your voting module (I'm dazzled by the sparkle of) because I could not choose :0P Great Lens!!

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          tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

          Great debate! Each piece of literature exists within its own universe and as long as it is consistent within its own universe, it's great! Lensrolled to Vampire Suck Movie Spoof.

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          You should have heard the uproar in our house when we first read the books. Every last one of us got to that point in the book and said, "vampires don't sparkle!" We read on in spite of the glow :)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I think people should lay off having a go at Twilight vampires sparkling. It's only a story, doesn't matter if she wrote something that's not traditional vampire lore! I think it's a cool part of the story.